Monday, August 23, 2010

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche launches new 'Virtual' Study College!

Traditionally in Tibet, serious students of the Buddha's teachings went to a study college called a Shedra.

Nowadays, ingenius trail-blazzers like Ringu Tulku Rinpoche [as well as offering the more traditional Shedra approach] experiment with the internet's latent potential for sharing Dharma.

In this light, Rinpoche is planning on connecting his students and friends worldwide via a new online shedra.

The intention is for RTR's students [or anyone else for that matter, who is genuinely interested] to register their aspiration to take part in the 'virtual' shedra through the website.
Then we will all be informed about how and when the teachings will be shared internationally.

The inaugural subject, providing a firm foundation for dharma students, is the BODHICHARYAVATARA [The Way of the Bodhisattva, Padmakara Edition]

Video teachings will appear online of RTR teaching and commenting on the text. There will also be an opportunity for students to interact with Rinpoche by sending questions etc via email. Students will also be in contact with eachother online, thus enabling virtual study groups for those who are not near a Bodhicharya centre.
Local centres and groups may well establish special Shedra Study Groups specifically for this purpose.

But I do know that Rinpoche is keen for anyone anywhere to have access to these teachings and to take part in this pioneering form of Shedra Study.

Recently, in Berlin - despite a very busy schedule of teachings and hospital visits due to ill health - Rinpoche somehow managed to find time to record the following video message for YouTube in order to introduce the Shedra topic and prepare the Worldwide Bodhicharya Sangha [Community] for receiving and studying dharma teachings in this way.

So, spread the word far and wide. Enjoy the YouTube clip below or [if you prefer] please click HERE